Elderly Cruise Ship Passenger Hurt Head in Fall, Medevaced to Hospital by Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) evacuated an 80-year-old woman from Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Ecstasy ship Sunday night, after she fell and injured her head.

Coast guards used a Dolphin helicopter to transfer the woman from the liner to a hospital in Savannah, Georgia, roughly 55 miles away to the east, the USCG reported.

The local Coast Guard station sent an MH-65 Dolphin to transport the elderly passenger after watchstanders received a call for assistance at 9.15.p.m. ET. The woman arrived at Memorial University Medical Center Savannah at 10:20 p.m. ET.

"Earlier this week, while the Carnival Ecstasy was sailing on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas, a guest requiring immediate medical attention was debarked from the vessel and taken to a shoreside medical facility for further evaluation and treatment," read a statement from Carnival Cruise, reported by Fox News Wednesday. "The ship is scheduled to its homeport of Charleston on Thursday."

The cruise line declined to respond to Newsweek's request for comment, citing privacy concerns.

The 855 foot-long Carnival Ecstasy can carry more than 2,000 passengers and almost 1,000 crewmembers. First launched in January 1991, the vessel was originally christened Ecstasy by television presenter Kathy Lee Gifford.

Last Friday, the USCG called off a search for a 26-year-old Royal Caribbean employee who fell from the Majesty of the Seas early Thursday morning, The Miami Herald reported. The vessel was roughly 40 miles east of Hillsboro Inlet, Florida, when the incident occurred.

"We've been in contact with the crew member's family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them," local sector chief Commander Jason Aleksak said in a release, per The Herald. "Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly."

Coast Guard employees across the country were affected by the 35-day government shutdown that ended Friday. A Pittsburgh food bank worker told Newsweek coast guard employees had been using their services to feed their families as they worked without pay. Meanwhile in San Francisco, food banks served hundreds of coast guard workers and their families.

The official USCG Twitter account recently shared a January 22 tweet from Commandment Admiral Karl Schultz that praised the dedication of Coast Guard employees. "Your Coast Guard leadership team and the American people stand in awe of your continued dedication to duty, resilience, and that of your families," it read. "I find it unacceptable that USCG members must rely on food pantries & donations to get through day-to-day life."

President Donald Trump has threatened to shut the government down again if a funding deal for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border is not secured by February 15.

This article has been updated to reflect that Carnival Cruise Line declined a request for comment.

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Carnival Cruise Lines' ship Ecstasy docks in downtown New Orleans (background) late 11 September 2005. The ship was used to house law enforcement officers and aid workers after Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Paul J.Ricahrds/AFP/Getty Images